We often use have + object to talk about actions. (For example: have a drink; have a rest.) In these expressions, have can mean ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘take’, ‘do’, ‘enjoy’, ‘experience’ or other things — it depends on the noun. Common expressions:
- have breakfast/lunch/tea/dinner/a meal/a drink/coffee/a beer/a glass of wine
have a bath/a wash/a shave/a shower/a rest/a lie-down/a sleep/a dream
have a holiday/a day off/a good time/a nice evening/a bad day
have a talk/a chat/a conversation/a disagreement/a row/a quarrel/a fight/a word with somebody
have a swim/a walk/a ride/a game of tennis, football etc have a try/a go
have a baby ( = ‘give birth’)
have difficulty in .. . -ing have trouble . . . -ing
have a nervous breakdown
In these structures, we make questions and negatives with do. Got is not used. Progressive forms are possible. Contractions of have are not used.
- Did you have a good holiday?
‘What are you doing?’ I’m having a bath.’
I have lunch at 12.30 most days. (NOT I’ve lunch . . .)